Eco-Friendly Family’s Guide to Freezing Food Without Plastic
Are you interested in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle? There are a lot of things that your family can do to lower your carbon footprint and produce less waste.
My friend and colleague John decided to share some tips from his blog. The tips that interested me the most focused on the benefits of freezing food without plastic.
These plastic-free tips are very important. The United States produces over 35 million tons of plastic each year. We need to reduce this if we want our families to be eco-friendly and leave the planet in good shape for our children.
Therefore, freezing food without plastic is a good start. John was kind enough to share some plastic-free freezing tips that you may want to consider. I suggest that you keep reading to learn more.
Tips to Freeze Food without Plastic
We all want to minimize food waste. The concept should extend beyond just wasting food. We should also minimize the plastic that we use freezing food, since it has such a harmful environmental footprint.
We have become so used to using aluminum foil and plastic film for freezing food. Unfortunately, this is having some serious environmental consequences.
The good news is that you have some more sustainable options to consider. Here are some ideas for freezing food without plastic and 100% zero waste.
1. Silicone Bags
Back in April, New York Mag published an article on the environmental benefits of silicone bags. The best thing about silicone bags is their versatility. Not only are they super practical for freezing food, but they are also great for heating it in the microwave or oven. They are even useful for transporting liquids.
The benefits of silicone bags arise from the fact they are made of platinum silicone, a resistant and hypoallergenic material that prevents the growth of bacteria. As they come with an airtight seal, their contents will be kept safe. They are also transparent, so you can identify what’s inside at a glance. There is one final advantage: silicone bags are safe to use in your dishwasher. When you’re done using them, you can simply wash them and use them again many more times.
2. Glass Tuppers
The borosilicate glass tupper is going to be popular in many kitchens, as people pride themselves on being more environmentally friendly. Glass tuppers aren’t just great for storing and transporting food. They also perfect for freezing it as well.
These containers can withstand temperatures at low as -0.4ºF. This is considered the best plastic-free option for freezing according to many experts. As glass tuppers are available in different sizes and formats, they can be adapted to your specific needs. When the tuppers are empty, you can put them in the dishwasher or wash them by hand and they will be ready to use again!
3. Glass Jars
Another reusable alternative for freezing food without plastic is glass jars. These can be perfect for preserving everything from chickpeas to olives to jam. Glass jars are ideal for freezing both solids and liquids. However, in the case of liquids, try not to fill them completely. The liquids will expand as they freeze, which can cause the jar to shatter.
4. Beeswax Wraps
Beeswax wraps are a major discovery in the world of wrapping. Their most obvious benefit is that they can replace aluminum foil or film when transporting food or snacks. Beeswax wraps are also suitable for freezing. However, you should know that it is not recommended to use them to freeze raw meat or fish. They can pick up bacteria and retain it longer than many other types of wraps, which presents some serious health risks.
5. Stainless Steel Containers
Stainless steel is the superhero of the kitchen. It is a strong, durable and very hygienic material, which is why many utensils in our store are made of it. Stainless steel containers resist extreme temperatures, so they are very suitable for freezing. They are as practical as glass jars, but have the added advantage of being lighter and unbreakable.
These Options Will Make it Easier to Freeze Food Without Harmful Plastic
These ideas help you take another step towards a zero waste lifestyle. Plastic causes some serious problems for the environment, so it is important to use as little of it as possible. We hope this helps!